Driving while impaired by drugs is illegal in all 50 states. The law varies on how much impairment is required for an arrest to take place.
Driving under the influence of drugs means being impaired to the slightest degree by any drug: legal, illegal, prescription or over the counter. This includes having too little control over your vehicle, such as losing consciousness, falling asleep at the wheel, or failing to respond to traffic signals.
There are several different categories of drugs that can be found in someone's system when they're tested after an accident. These include prescription medications, illicit drugs, and alcohol.
If you've been arrested for DUID (driving under the influence of drugs), there are some things you should do before talking with the police. First, make sure you understand how the law works. Next, realize you need a lawyer. Finally, consider whether to take a blood test.
A driver who has been drinking alcohol or using drugs while driving will likely face serious consequences. Depending on the state, these penalties might include jail time, fines, license suspension, community service, probation, and more.